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Fleet Vehicle Safety

Trucks with loads are an obvious hazard for organisations and need to be closely managed and risks assessed. However, if an organisation only has fleets of vans or cars out on the road, some employers believe, incorrectly, that provided they comply with certain road traffic law requirements, e.g. vehicles have a valid MOT certificate, this is enough to ensure the safety of their employees, and others, when they are on the road. However, health and safety law still applies on the road and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety management system.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires assessments of the risks to the health and safety of employees, while they are at work, no matter where they are located, and appropriate measures taken - this can include offering advanced driving lessons, road safety advice, and making sure drivers are aware of all the hazards that they could come across.

The benefits from managing work-related road safety can be considerable, no matter what the size of your business. The true costs of accidents to organisations are nearly always higher than just the costs of repairs and insurance claims. Promoting sound health and safety driving practices and a good safety culture at work may well spill over into private driving, which could reduce the chances of staff being injured in a crash outside work, and so reduce the chances of them being absent due to sickness.

It is also wise to equip employees with safety equipment, in case of inclement weather or accidents. In winter weather; saltshovels and warm clothes would be sensible, and items such as mini fire extinguishersfirst aid kits and warning triangles are ideal for long journeys.

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